Recently the Williamson growth county had a rear opportunity to discuss the transportation challenges that has been affecting Austin residents. In the panel of discussion, it included the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, Joseph Kosper who is the founder of RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns, and Jared Ficklin who is transportation focused designer. Jared Ficklin proposed an aerial gondola system for Central Austin. The event was held at Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center.
The panel at the event mainly focused on how technology has influenced the face of transport in the Austin region and internationally. Mike noted some of the technologies such as driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps, and mentioned that they could transform the face of infrastructure. Mike did also not forget to mention that the Austin area needed to invest more in transportation, particularly by building more roads to enlarge their capacity. Mike Heiligenstein also said that the only way the county will be able to serve the growing population of Austin is only by expanding their infrastructure.
For the last 15 years, Williamson County has been doing an amazing job by expanding their roads, but according to the panel, the County still needed to build more roads to accommodate the people who are moving to the area. The panel also mentioned that the roads need to be smarter, advanced, and well-organized. On the other hand Ficklin mentioned that the County has to build and make good use of land-use codes which should remain flexible. Mr. Ficklin also mentioned on the importance of parking garages, and roads.
Mike Heiligenstein plays a major role in the infrastructure development in Central Texas. Currently, Mr. Mike is the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The mobility authority is an independent body which was established in 2002, with a primary responsibility of designing a contemporary, regional transportation network in Central Texas. The body became operational in 2003, and Mike was elected to lead the organization. Mike has been working for the people of Central Texas for more than 23 years when he was elected to represent the Texas community in Williamson County. He has been assisting in the expansion of water, transportation infrastructure, and waterwaste. Under his leadership Central Texas has experienced growth in the infrastructure and improved water supply. Mr. Mike has a vast experience in the transportation and infrastructure industry that has seen him speak in forums of the same manner.
Mike Heiligenstein holds a degree and a master’s degree in Government and Business Administration from the University of Texas.